Friday, January 31, 2014

Update on the Medieval Intellectual History Seminar (Feb. 1, 2014) - Cancelled!

Dear Friends of our Medieval Intellectual History Seminar,

In view of a winter storm watch for Chicago this weekend (also South Bend) and a predicted several more inches of snow over Friday night and Saturday morning, it seems wisest to cancel our seminar. Our apologies to Stephen Jaeger and Robert Lerner. We will explore the possibility of rescheduling later in February or March. While nothing has been settled as yet, let me assure you that we are exploring every avenue to keep our Seminar alive and well, and several possibilities appear to be in the making. We wish you all a pleasant, safe, and warm weekend, and thank you for all your expressions of interest and concern over the last weeks.

Dyan Elliot and John Van Engen

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Library Research Grants at Columbia University

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) invites applications from scholars and researchers to its annual program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and unique collections, the Library Research Awards. 

CUL/IS will award ten (10) grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult CUL/IS holdings for their work.  Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts LibraryThe Burke Library at Union Theological SeminaryButler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries' Global Studies Collections.
Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2014. Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 30, 2014 for research conducted at Columbia during the period July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.
To apply, please visit the Library Research Awards website.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Call for Papers: Charlemagne after Charlemagne

Charlemagne after Charlemagne

11th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society (IMS-Paris)

Call for Papers

Location: Paris, France

Dates: Thursday June 26th - Saturday June 28th 2014

Keynote speaker: Dominique Boutet

Deadline for submissions: February 10th 2014

The International Medieval Society Paris (IMS-Paris) invites paper proposals and session themes for its upcoming symposium centered on “Charlemagne after Charlemagne.”

A looming presence during the Middle Ages and beyond, this Frankish king and emperor, who died in 814, had a cultural afterlife that far exceeded any other medieval historical figure. The symposium for 2014 seeks to examine the medieval reception (and representation) of Charlemagne on the 1200th anniversary of his death, as he became a model sovereign, a literary personage, and a saint. This holy emperor was venerated in a complex though limited manner, resulting in the elaboration of a distinct hagiographical discourse and the composition of a liturgical office.

The literary fortunes of Charlemagne, highlighted as early as 1865 by Gaston Paris, experienced multiple permutations. Latin and vernacular literature (French, Italian, German, English, etc.), produced divergent associations and separate developments, from historical works to chansons de geste. These literary representations went hand in hand with visual portrayals in manuscripts, stained glass, sculpture, and architecture. Charlemagne was also conjured as a figure of pilgrimage and a founder (real or imagined) of monasteries, cities, and universities, attached to these institutions through stories and forged documents to which his name was affixed. The figure of Charlemagne served to construct and define an ideal, which was shaped and reshaped by different eras according to their respective needs.

For its 2014 symposium, the International Medieval Society seeks to mark this anniversary through a reevaluation of Charlemagne’s legacy during the medieval period. Although the geographic area of France will be given priority, comparisons with other regional ‘Charlemagnes’ are certainly possible. We invite papers that deal with material from after Charlemagne’s death in 814 to the end of the Middle Ages.

Proposals of 300 words or less (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to no later than February 10th 2014. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of audiovisual equipment you require.

Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly blind basis. The selection committee will notify applicants of its decision by e-mail by February 26th 2014.

Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris web site. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS-Paris members).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a centre for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and the programme of last year’s symposium, please visit our website:

IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize

The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best graduate student paper proposal.

Applications should consist of:

1) symposium paper abstract/proposal

2) current research project (Ph.D. dissertation research)

3) names and contact information of two academic references

The prizewinner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350 euros to support international travel/accommodations (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference/Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship.

The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference/Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship.

The Fellow will be awarded a two-month fellowship to be taken at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The award carries a stipend of $5000. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. at the time of application and must be a member in good standing of SCSC. Applicants must submit a cover letter in the place of the Folger's own application form and all the following components: a 250-word abstract; a 1,000-word proposal narrative with a brief bibliography of primary sources to be consulted; a 4-page curriculum vitae. Three letters of support must be submitted by the deadline. Email applications (.doc or .pdf) are encouraged.

Apply directly to SCSC no later than March 1, 2014.

Donald J. Harreld
Exec. Dir., SCSC
Department of History
Brigham Young University
2130 JFSB, Provo, UT 84660


Medieval Intellectual History Seminar

The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies presents:

Medieval Intellectual History Seminar
Saturday, February 1, 2014
1 pm

Stephen Jaeger, University of Illinois, will present on the topic: "The Epistolae duorum amantium, Abelard and Heloise: An Annotated Concordance."

Robert Lerner, Northwestern University, will present on the topic: "Saint Mechthild of Magdeburg: New Revelations."

Those who would like the precirculated paper should write to Professor Jaeger at

This program is free and open to the public; advance registration is NOT required.

Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

To be added to the Medieval Intellectual History Seminar email list, please write to John Van Engen, University of Notre Dame (

Keep up with the Center for Renaissance Studies by following our blog:

Faculty and graduate students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend this program (

Friday, January 17, 2014

Thirty-Eighth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Kansas City, Missouri, September 18-21, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS – Medieval/Early Modern

Thirty-Eighth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Kansas City, Missouri, September 18-21, 2014.

YMAGINA (Young Medievalist Germanists in North America, is pleased to announce a call for papers for the following three sessions at the 2014 GSA conference.

1. Sensing the Middle Ages and the Early Modern: Sound

From Hildegard of Bingen’s liturgical songs to Petitcreiu’s little bell in Gottfried’s Tristan to Hans Sachs’s Meisterlieder, the presence of sound—expressed as sophisticated music or produced as guttural noises, or anything in between—permeates medieval and early modern literature. Both within literary texts, where sound can contribute to plot development or serve as symbol, and in the performance of literary texts, where sound is critical to successful aural reception, the presence—or absence—of sound offers yet another approach to medieval and early modern culture. This panel seeks papers that explore the sense of sound—instrumental, human, bestial, mechanical—in medieval or early modern works. Possible questions include: What function(s) does sound have? What types of sound are represented—and how are they represented in text? How is sound understood—if at all? To what extent is sound contrasted with its opposite, silence?

2. Prophecy and Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Germany

In the Biblical texts, the role of the prophet is to call a fallen Israel back to God. Prophecy is addressed to a nation and a people who must unite in order to reform and avoid ruin. In the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, prophets continued to construct their messages as calls to reform, but the nations to which they addressed themselves changed with the rise of Christendom and the development of European nation states. This panel invites papers that address the way in which prophecy in medieval and early modern Germany constructs the identity of German or religious political unities and of the person charged with the message. From Hildegard of Bingen’s twelfth-century calls for ecclesiastical reform to the seventeenth–century millenialism of Jakob Böhme or Quirinus Kuhlmann to the rise of Hasidism in the eighteenth century, how did the prophecy of a given time respond to its political environment, construct the nation to which it pertained, or present the person of the prophet? How did prophets understand their own place within the political unity, for example according to their gender, social status, or relationship with the church or other religious authorities? How did prophets and visionaries claim authority and what was the place of divine authority in the secular realm?

3. Martyrdom Medieval and Modern

Sigrid Weigel’s 2008 edited volume Märtyrer-Porträts gathers essays on modern martyrs in order to investigate the continuing influence of martyrdom as a code of action in the modern world from jihad to performance art. This panel seeks to bring modern forms of martyrdom into dialogue with medieval constructions of the martyr. What forms of medieval martyrdom are still practiced or valued in the contemporary world? Are voluntary poverty or self-castigation, for example, still considered forms of martyrdom? How has the place of martyrdom in war changed? Is martyrdom possible in non-religious contexts? Comparative papers that draw on medieval sources will be given preference.

We seek 15- to 20-minute papers, in English or German. Please send an abstract (max. 250 words) and a brief CV that includes institutional affiliation by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd, 2014, to both of the following organizers (e-mail submissions only, please):

Dr. Claire Taylor Jones, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame,

Dr. Alison Beringer, Department of Classics and General Humanities, Montclair State University,

Death and the Culture of Death in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time

There are still openings for speakers at the following:
Death and the Culture of Death in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time

11th International Symposium on the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age: Death and the Culture of Death in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time at the University of Arizona, Tucson, May 1-4, 2014

Dr. Albrecht Classen
University Distinguished Professor
Dept. of German Studies, 301 LSB, The University of Arizona
520 621-1395;;

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31, 2014, but feel free to send an inquiry even after that date, to

Location of Symposium: Meinle Optics Building, conference room, 8th floor (Friday, May 2), and another conference room (tba) on campus (Saturday, May 3, 2014), University of Arizona.

More details at the symposium website:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Bibliography, Collections, and the History of Science" (Symposium)

Crime in the rare book world has been in the news recently as a result of the activities of Massimo Da Caro, including thefts from the Girolamino Library in Naples. A recent New Yorker article(December 13, 2013, focused on his convincing forgery of a rare Galileo book, unsettling assumptions that forging an early printed book was too complicated and expensive to undertake and almost certain to be discoverable by any of a large number of experts and amateurs alike. Not so, we have now learned.

The role of bibliographical analysis in the history of science will be addressed in some detail in an upcoming symposium sponsored by the Caxton Club of Chicago and the Bibliographical Society of America, in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin libraries in Madison. The title of the event is "Bibliography, Collections, and the History of Science" and it will be held at the Pyle Center in Madison on April 26, 2014. It is free and open to the public.

The scope of the symposium is broader than the Galileo forgery although it will include a presentation by Dr. Nick Wilding, the professor at Georgia State who proved the forgery, and comments by Richard Lan, the New York dealer who was victimized by it. Mr. Lan is a well regarded dealer of long standing, and a scholar in his own right, and will be addressing all three of the academic papers.

The principal speakers for the morning session are as follows:

Prof. Michael H. Shank, Chair
History of Science Department
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Paper topic: stop-press corrections in early modern astronomy

Prof. Florence C. Hsia
History of Science Department
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Paper topic: aspects of the work of Thomas Hyde, 17th-century librarian-in-chief at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, in unraveling Chinese scientific materials

Prof. Nick Wilding
History Department
Georgia State University
Paper topic: Forgery of Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius, 1610.

The discussants for the afternoon panel are as follows:

Dr. Ronald Smeltzer, Princeton, New Jersey
Caxton Club member and a noted collector of books in the history of science and of scientific instruments

Bruce Bradley, Kansas City, Missouri
History of Science Librarian
Linda Hall Library of Science, Technology, and Technology Information

Richard Lan, New York, New York
Martayan Lan Fine Antique Maps and Rare Books

Mark your calendars for this important event. All are welcome.

Posted from ExLibris (there posted on behalf of Michael Thompson, Boreas Fine Art )

Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers

Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603

John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the construction and dissemination of books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and
commentaries). Employing key methods of the history of the book and the history of reading, our investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the English Renaissance
and/or Reformation, the history of the book, the history of reading, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.

This seminar will meet from 23 June until 26 July 2014. During the first week of this program, we shall visit 1) Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum (the world’s only surviving Renaissance printing and publishing house) and 2) London, England, in order to attend a rare-book workshop and consider treasures at Senate House Library of the University of London. During four ensuing weeks at Oxford, participants will reside at St.
Edmund Hall as they make use of rare book and manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library and other institutions.

Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level, graduate students, and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2014 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,900.

Full details and application information are available at For further information, please contact Mark Rankin ( Applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2014.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Medieval and Renaissance Lost Libraries

CALL FOR PAPERS: Medieval and Renaissance Lost Libraries

The 2014 conference of CILIP’s Library and Information History Group will have the theme “Medieval and Renaissance Lost Libraries”. It will be held at Senate House in London on Saturday 12 July 2014.

Papers are welcome on such topics as libraries that have been destroyed either deliberately or accidentally, stolen books and libraries, fractured collections and losses due to weeding policy. Examples may be taken from any country in the world.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words (for individual 20 minute papers) should be sent to Monica Blake at by 3 March 2014.

Accepted conference papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Group’s journal Library & Information History.